Article: Protecting Children’s Voices.

Also from the same website as my previous post, written by Maestro David L. Jones.

Some excerpted information from this article:


Abusive Practices in the Child’s Voice:

1. Heavy belting: taking chest voice higher than is healthy.
2. High larynx singing, keeping a child-like sound when the voice should be allowed to drop and fill out in tone. This often happens between 13 and 15 for young girls, usually later for boys.
3. Forward thrusting jaw to ‘belt it out’.
4. Singing too loudly, singing with too much breath pressure in tonal production, only learning loud pushed singing.
5. Imitating pop or rock singers that are adults.
6. Forcing an adult sound using the depression of the larynx with the tongue-root and/or hyperextension of the laryngeal muscles.
7. General singing with mouth vowels without enough open pharyngeal space, which protects the vocal folds.

About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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